Know Your Battery’s Water-Fill Level

Anyone who has a set of deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries knows that proper maintenance includes checking the water level in each cell, after a full charge. Although it’s easy to carefully add water to each cell, many people get confused as to how much water to add. Too little, and they’ll be having to add more sooner than is necessary. Too much and it runs the risk of overflowing when the batteries are charging.

care-maintenanceThe proper method recommended by most battery manufacturers is to add enough water so that the cell plates are completely submerged, but not so much that the water is up to the battery case cell cap vents. The proper fill level, according to battery manufacturers, is approximately 1/4-inch below the fill well bottom. (See photo example)

Battery manufacturers also recommend using only distilled or deionized water and to use a watering gun or pitcher to fill each battery cell. Ensuring your batteries are properly watered will add life and provide optimum performance from your deep-cycle batteries. For more information on battery maintenance, visit www.usbattery.com.

Access Lift And Telehandler Manufacturers Trending Towards Battery Power

Many industries are understanding the benefits of electric powered vehicles and machinery to reduce their annual operating costs in the areas of both power and maintenance. According to Access, Lift & Handlers Magazine, (Jan-Feb 2018 issue), an interview by editor Lindsey Anderson with Don Ahern of Xtreme Manufacturing, one of the leading North American manufacturers of telehandlers, Ahern believes most of these vehicles will move to electric power for various reasons. “There’s going to be a giant shift towards electric,” said Ahern. “Whether it be a 5 hp engine to a 300 hp engine, it will all go electric.”

In the interview, Ahern says he believes the electric powered vehicles will also be more reliable. “The reliability for electric drive is probably 10-times better than an internal combustion engine,” said Ahern. “Electric motors will last thousands and thousands of hours and an internal combustion engine — the best of the best— will last a thousand hours.”

The market for electric scissor lifts is undergoing the same trend change, according to Lindsey Anderson, editor at Access, Lift & Handlers, “Electric scissor lifts have long been the bread and butter of the industry,” says Anderson.  “But there’s been an influx of new uses for the venerable lifters, as many companies report.”

In response, manufacturers of electric scissor lifts such a Genie, project an increased demand for its electric products and that there’s an increase in demand for low-level and lightweight scissor lifts.